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Matt Stinchcomb, Scott Woerner Among 76 Players Nominated for College Football Hall of Fame

The National Football Foundation today revealed the ballot for the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame induction class. Among the 76 Division I-A players nominated are former Bulldogs Matt Stinchcomb and Scott Woerner. The travesty that is Erk Russell's exclusion continues. Go 'Dawgs!

Jake Scott Headed for College Football Hall of Fame

I'm ashamed to say I forgot to renew my membership in the National Football Foundation after the initial (though not final) effort to get Erk Russell enshrined failed, so I wasn't able to vote for him, but former Georgia defensive back Jake Scott will be going into the College Football Hall of Fame in the 2011 induction class. Scott was the first of three former Bulldogs to enjoy a pro career in which he was named a Super Bowl MVP. Go 'Dawgs!

Donate Money to Put Up a Statue of Erk Russell in Statesboro

Yeah, I know we just asked you to donate to Alabama tornado relief, but you can give a little to both causes, and surely no one in the Yellowhammer State would fault you for putting up a monument to a football coach. GATA!

Oh, Great . . . Another Similarity Between Will Muschamp and Erk Russell!

Not something of which I needed reminding this early on a Monday morning. Go 'Dawgs!

College Football Hall of Fame to Open in Atlanta in 2013

It may take us that long to get Erk Russell into the Hall, but it would be nice to do the induction ceremony here instead of making everyone drive from Statesboro to South Bend. Go 'Dawgs!

Official National Football Foundation Press Release

Note that Gene Stallings was a Veterans Committee selection. That means two of the four coaches enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010 came from the Veterans Committee. They declined Erk Russell's candidacy because . . . ? Go 'Dawgs!

College Football Hall of Fame Inductees Announced; No Bulldogs Admitted

The National Football Foundation has announced the fourteen-member 2010 Division I-A induction class into the College Football Hall of Fame. Appropriately, Pat Tillman's election to the Hall was announced on the day before the start of Memorial Day weekend. Tillman and the many other veterans who died defending our country should be uppermost on our minds this weekend. Unfortunately, the three former Bulldogs whose names appeared on the ballot (Jake Scott, Matt Stinchcomb, and Scott Woerner) were not among those admitted this year. Along with Erk Russell, who was excluded from the previously-announced divisional class, we're 0-for-4 in Hall of Fame inductions this year. It just hasn't been a good year for the Red and Black. Go 'Dawgs!

College Football Hall of Fame Divisional Class Announced, Erk Russell Not Included

This morning, the 2010 divisional class of inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame was announced. Four players and two coaches made the cut, including one coach chosen by the Veterans Committee, but Erskine Russell was not among the honorees. The two coaches selected were Willie Jeffries, who compiled a 179-132-6 record as the head coach at Howard (1984-88), Wichita State (1979-83), and South Carolina State (1973-78, 1989-2001), and Ted Kessinger, who went 219-57-1 at Bethany (Kan.) between 1976 and 2003. Coach Jeffries was chosen by the Veterans Committee. This year's class brings to 124 the total number of players and coaches from outside the Division I-A ranks to be enshrined in the Hall. That number should be 125. While I do not question the qualifications of Coaches Jeffries and Kessinger, the omission of Coach Russell was a travesty. The Veterans Committee, the composition of which is kept secret to prevent its members from being bombarded with letter-writing campaigns by boosters of would-be inductees into the Hall, played an active role in choosing this year's class, as one of the two coaches being enshrined was a Veterans Committee selection. Why, then, was Erk's candidacy found wanting? I do not believe a sufficient justification for his omission may be offered; the only explanation (and the reason he had to go before the Veterans Committee rather than appear on the ballot) is that the well-intended but ill-considered ten-year minimum for head coaches barred Coach Russell's entry. This is a setback, but it is only a setback. If the rule keeps the deserving out, the rule needs to be changed, if only to create an exception for special cases such as this. I would have preferred to have gone about this the easy way, but, as Coach Russell spent his life and career teaching, few things that are worthwhile ever came easy. It is time to regroup and evaluate how best to go about changing the rule from within the system, so that Coach Russell may be considered on his merits rather than excluded on a technicality. Stay tuned. . . . GATA!

2010 College Football Hall of Fame Class to be Announced May 27

I'm not particularly interested in the corporate sponsors of the event, but the salient datum announced by the National Football Foundation today was that this year's College Football Hall of Fame Division I-A induction class will be announced at noon on Thursday, May 27. If Erk Russell is selected by the Veterans Committee, it will be for the divisional class, so it does not appear that we will know for sure whether Coach Russell has been inducted on May 27. However, we will learn the fate of three damn good 'Dawgs (all of whom appeared on my ballot), with the word on Coach Russell's candidacy hopefully to follow. Stay tuned. . . . GATA!

Derek Dooley Hires Kevin Steele

There's only one relevant question when a head coach named Dooley hires a defensive coordinator: "Does he have hair?" If he does, I ain't scared. Go 'Dawgs!

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